What is Freedom From Food, Eating and Weight-Related Issues Like?
Do you remember a time when you:
- didn't count calories, carbohydrate or fat grams or worry about correct portion sizes?
- ate when you felt hungry and stopped eating when you felt full and satisfied?
- coped with difficult issues and feelings without using disordered eating behaviors?
- felt comfortable in your own skin?
- played and moved for fun instead of exercised to lose weight?
That is freedom, and you can have it again! Re-claiming this freedom, peace, and confidence requires some effort, but the results are well worth it.
- Quit dieting. Free yourself from diets, meal plans and diet surveillance groups. Know what and how much to eat without the external controls that society says are so necessary (diets, good foods/bad foods, etc).
- Let go of disordered eating behaviors (emotional eating, restricting, binging, purging, obsessing, "food addictions", etc.) while honoring and understanding the good reasons for them.
- Return to and trust your natural ability to eat when hungry and quit when satisfied (attuned eating, also called intuitive eating).
- Work with versus against your hunger. Learn to use this "internally-regulated eating" to reach and maintain your natural weight.
- Lessen body hatred. Come home to your body.
- Mobilize and overcome exercise resistance (“movement molasses”). Free yourself from over-exercising. Be healthy and never exercise again by reconnecting with play.
- Identify and satisfy other hungers and needs in your life. As you learn to say “yes” (or “no”) when you do (or do not) want food, you will also learn to say “yes” (or “no”) in other areas of your life. As your relationship with food changes, so will your life.
- Move toward health, balance, and what you want in life.
You will have this freedom when you become an attuned eater (again). But first you must stop dieting.